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National Register Properties in South Carolina

Minim Island Shell Midden, Georgetown County (Address Restricted)
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(Indian Mound) The Minim Island site consists of prehistoric midden deposits of shellfish remains, floral and faunal remains, and interred human burials. Cultural materials in the form of ceramics and lithics occur throughout the midden. The shellfish remains are predominately oyster; however, clam, and whelk exist in smaller numbers. These deposits are concentrated in a mound-like accretion extending for a distance of about 100 feet along the shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway, and about 15 feet inland. The shoreline exposure has suffered severe attrition generated from the waves of passing watercraft, and the northwestern edge has been disturbed with the construction of historic rice dikes. The site is the only large Deptford shell midden know to exist on the South Carolina coast. Various avenues of research may be investigated in this midden and the recovery of specific data can contribute significantly to the understanding of coastal populations. Listed in the National Register August 18, 1982.

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